Rock Band fans build a car from the game intro
More than fifteen years after the first Rock Band, a real band pays homage to the series by recreating the car from the game’s intro.
Although they have fallen out of favor in recent years, rhythm games played with plastic instruments formed a major part of 2000s gaming culture due to iconic franchises such as Guitar Hero and Rock band. Today, more than fifteen years after the first Rock band launched, a real band plans to pay homage to the series in a music video.
Rock band is a series of rhythm games released in 2007 by developer Harmonix, which previously created the Guitar Hero series in collaboration with RedOctane before the two companies were acquired by MTV Games. The two series would be developed in parallel from then on, with Harmonix creating Rock band and Activision subsidiary Neversoft, suing Guitar Hero series.
Inspired by the Rock band series and wanting to pay homage to him, the Vella la Vella group customized a car using the car of the Rock band intro cutscene as a reference, making room to fit a battery inside and taking a shot with several band members standing on top of the vehicle. In the original version Rock band and rock band 2, a similar car is seen driving through a desert with a similar drum set and a drummer and vocalist on top. The only design changes are out of necessity and for safety, as the band actually plans to shoot a music video using this vehicle.
In the same post showing the car, Vella la Vella appeals to music video producers to help recreate the intro for Rock band. That would no doubt be an impressive feat, but shooting video above a moving vehicle poses a lot of security concerns. even with the wooden structure behind the drummer, it would be very easy for something to go wrong and band members to be injured. As such, it seems likely that the car will be used more as a static prop in a CGI video, but Vella la Vella has yet to reveal what the exact plans are.
the Rock band series at its peak managed to use the foundations laid in Guitar Hero to expand to a wider target market with a variety of music genres. As such, it makes sense that both series inspired players to learn real instruments, with the latest Rock band the games even work as real learning tools with the Pro mode.
Despite the genre’s stagnant sales in the 2010s, plastic instrument rhythm sets are beginning to make a comeback in fan endeavors as clone hero, Phase shiftand Unplugged Air Guitar. Specific to Harmonix rock band 4 is also an option, and with Activision executives discussing reviving Guitar Hero thanks to new resources from Microsoft’s acquisition, plastic instrument rhythm sets may have a bright future.
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